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Snow falls in High Wycombe on Sun 10th Dec 2017 (Updated 6.04pm)

| December 10, 2017

Heavy snow fell in High Wycombe and towns in South Buckinghamshire on Sunday 10th December 2017.

Residents woke to a find their streets turned into a winter wonderland as approximately four inches of snow fell overnight.

With 17cm of snow on the ground, snow was still falling at midday with the snow showers forecast to last until 9.00pm in the evening.

While the children of the South Buckinghamshire were busy making snowmen and participating on snowball fights the snow brought chaos to many towns in South Buckinghamshire and major disruption to the transport network.

Many community events were affected including The Festival Of Carols at the Parish Church in High Wycombe which was cancelled due to the bad weather. The National Trust estate at Cliveden was also closed early.

Transport for Buckinghamshire gritted the A and B class roads, however many roads in residential areas were covered in thick snow leading to tricky driving conditions.

Transport for Buckinghamshire gritted the roads four times in the preceding 24 hours however they were asking for residents not to make non-essential journeys as salting is not fail safe.

Transport was affected with buses subject to cancellation on certain routes.

Services on Chiltern Railways were also disrupted with delays of up to sixty minutes on the Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone (via High Wycombe) line.

The Aylesbury and Harrow On The Hill line was blocked by snow in both directions leading to Chiltern Railways services being suspended from Aylesbury to all stations towards Harrow On The Hill.

Police were advising motorists not to make any non-essential journeys The M40 was also affected by the snowfall with gritters and snow ploughs working to make the motorway passable.

Many motorists became stranded as their cars got stuck in the snow resulting in the M40 being blocked in many places. While the gritters were clearing the snow the Police were busy trying to clear all the stranded vehicles.

Firefighters assisted motorists stuck in the snowy conditions. At 8.58am firefighters from High Wycombe fire station used grit and shovels to assist a number of motorists whose vehicles were stuck in snow at Abbey Way, High Wycombe.

At 9.35am firefighters assisted about thirty vehicles over the railway bridge in Oxford Road, Aylesbury after the road became blocked. One fire appliance with crew attended from Aylesbury fire station.

At 10.56am firefighters assisted the drivers of about twenty vehicles stuck in snow at Whielden Lane, Amersham. One fire appliance with crew from High Wycombe fire station, which was in Amersham at the time, attended the incident.

Many of the Taxi companies based in High Wycombe temporarily suspended their services due to the snowy roads.

Below is a selection of the pictures Tweeted to the @WycombeToday Twitter account :

Further updates on the show weather and its implications for travel on Monday 11th December 2017 can be found here.

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